Translogik’s iTrack TPMS completes South Africa mine trial
Transense Technologies plc reports that its Translogik division’s iTrack tyre temperature TPMS for OTR vehicles has successfully completed field trials and is now an approved product for deployment in the southern African region. According to the company, the Customer is initially focussing on fitting the iTrack system to its haul trucks while also considering fitment to its ancillary mine vehicles, more than doubling the potential number of vehicles requiring the system.
The field trials began In February 2012, when two Komatsu trucks were fitted with the iTrack system. The customer is said to have provided Translogik with a list of key performance indicators that the system would need to meet in order to be used within its mines in Southern Africa following a formal request for information document in respect of 1,300 haul trucks. Senior representatives of the customer from other countries were also present at this meeting and there will be further opportunities for Translogik to pursue in additional territories and sites.
Graham Storey, CEO of Transense, commented: “We are absolutely delighted that the iTrack system has successfully proven itself in tough and demanding conditions. One of the world’s largest mining companies has seen the benefits iTrack brings to mine vehicle management during the trial, with the system alerting them to an instance of over-inflation, which had it been left unchecked could have led to a major tyre failure. We believe the ability of the system to reduce these incidents provides a compelling business case for the system with a rapid return on investment. A single tyre can cost up to US$80,000 and a truck being off the road for an unscheduled tyre change can take several days and cost a mine hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost productivity. We are hopeful that the Customer will begin deploying the iTrack system within its mines in southern Africa and its many global sites in due course, and we will make further announcements as appropriate.”